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Lynda Tison Joins Adkins Arboretum Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - JULY 18, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Tison to the position of Visitor Services and Facilities Coordinator. She joined the staff in May.

Tison oversees the Arboretum's orientation program for visitors and coordinates use of the Arboretum Visitor's Center for programs and events. She brings a broad range of talents to her position, as well as enthusiasm for the Arboretum's conservation mission. She most recently served as assistant director of education operations for Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

A visit to a native plant nursery brought Tison on a circuitous route to the Arboretum. The visit sparked her desire to learn more about the region's native flora. While completing a Master Gardener training program, she learned about the Arboretum and its diverse roster of education offerings that promote the link between native plants, conservation, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

"I had a good feeling about the Arboretum right away," she says. "The quiet peacefulness of its beautiful setting is what attracted me, and I fell in love, just like that. The Arboretum is a calming yet rejuvenating place to be, and I look forward to learning more about its native plant communities and caring for its visitors and staff."

"The Arboretum is on the precipice of significant growth with plans to expand and enhance its facilities to address its growing number of visitors and demand for programs," says Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman. "With her infectious enthusiasm and decade of experience at Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynda will be a key staff person in helping the Arboretum achieve its goal of offering every visitor an informative and memorable experience in nature."

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and redesign its entrance to broaden educational offerings and public outreach initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.